Are you a School Matron or medically qualified?

Being a MATRON at Vacational Studies

Vacational Studies Courses have run for 48 years. Most students come to us on recommendation from parents whose children have already been with us or who are the children of children who were with us in the '70s and '80s. We are accredited by the British Council and are members of English UK (formerly ARELS). We have high standards of professionalism and expect the same from staff. Our reputation is of the greatest importance. Parents are confident that their children will have a developmental summer, socially and linguistically.

The job is to look after the medical and domestic welfare of the students and staff; to liaise with the Housekeeper over cleaning; to see to the laundering of clothes (done in-house by a laundry-person); to arrange for the collection/return of bed-linen; to check on the condition of bed-linen and advise on any damage. The services of a local doctor are retained. Parents are asked to provide a medical history and details of present health problems and allergies. Students' forms are available for inspection. In addition, Matron will be involved in looking after the pastoral welfare of the students.

A note must be made in the Medical Record Book of all students' visits to Matron, noting date, time, cause of visit, treatment and follow-up.

Assistant members of staff (normally undergraduate students, trainees, or similar) help both the Matron and the Sports/Social Organiser.

The Course Manager provides cover on Matron's days off.

Extra-Curricular Activities

No extra-curricular involvement is expected, but Matron's presence at events is appreciated.

Accommodation and Meals

The post is resident. Basic accommodation is provided at no charge, as are all meals, except meals on excursions.

Additional Activities

All staff accompany excursions and shopping trips on a rota basis. All staff assume the normal pastoral responsibilities that are part of boarding school life.


All staff have 1 duty day + 2 x ½ day duties each week, or the equivalent. The 'Duty Day' is described in the 'Notes for Staff 2021'. There are also two completely free 24-hour days during the Course.

Dates, Duration and Pay

We offer employment for a period of just over four weeks from 10.00 on 10 July until mid-day on 8 August. Finishing times are not as stated for other staff on the application form, but may be earlier than stated above. Pay for the Matron is £2050.00 (two thousand and fifty pounds) for the duration of the employment. For returning staff, there is a 10% addition in the second summer and a 15% addition in a third and subsequent summer. Payment is by bank transfer at the end of the course. If they wish, staff can be paid a 25% advance at the end of the first week, to be deducted from the final balance. As employment is temporary, if you affirm that the following is correct - 'this is my first job IN THE UK since 6 April 2021 and I have not been receiving taxable Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, taxable Incapacity Benefit, State or Occupational Pension', we are not required to deduct PAYE from staff at source. NI is deducted at the prevailing rate.

Weekly hours of work will vary as per your rota, usually between 35 and 38. If you find you are likely to work more than this, please see us and we shall arrange to adjust your hours or offer time-off in lieu or additional salary.

Suitability and Qualifications

We are looking for a Matron, preferably with a medical/nursing qualification, who combines efficiency with friendliness and is also willing to make a contribution to the sports and social life of the Course. Experience in working in a boarding school environment is an advantage and, ideally, applicants will have worked with the 10-18 age-range. Please read 'Notes for Staff 2021' which describes the responsibilities in more detail. If your application is of interest, we shall contact your referees and, if these are satisfactory, we shall invite you for interview. This may be via skype. If appointed, your acceptance of an offered post assumes the acceptance of the contents of the information on this page and the contract of employment. As there is responsibility for and substantial access to children, we run DBS checks. Proof of qualifications is required – as is an explanation for any gaps in CVs. Before arrival, staff complete an online Safeguarding/'Prevent' course. On arrival, all staff are required to sign a declaration that they are not unfit to be working with children and young people aged 10-18.

The EU Working Hours Regulations 1998 Opt-Out Agreement

As this is a boarding school and hours are irregular, all staff are asked to sign this document. It is also in the Contract.

A note on Work Permits and why we cannot employ non-EU teachers

If you do not hold an EU passport (or have a dispensation to take temporary work as a Commonwealth citizen), you are not permitted to work in the UK unless you possess a Work Permit. An employer has to obtain a Work Permit from the Home Office to allow a non EU citizen to work in the UK. The employer must prove that EU labour is not available for the job. As EU labour is available for EFL teaching posts, we do not apply for Work Permits.

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